Absinthe is now once again a popular alcoholic drink, thanks to its legalization in the USA and other countries after many decades of being illegal. A number of young people are trying it for the first time and knocking it back without bothering about it’s alcohol content. Know about Absinthe proof?
Along with blend of herbs wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel is used in the making of Absinthe. It is commonly known as the Green Fairy, La Fee Verte, because of the characteristic emerald green coloring of classic verte styles of Absinthe.
Absinthe is diluted with iced water before drinking. There is a louche effect when water is dripped over a sugar lump on a slotted spoon and into the Absinthe.
Absinthe was unauthorized not because of it’s high alcohol content but because of the wormwood in it. Dr Valentin Magnan tested worwmood on guinea pigs in 1845 and found that a guinea pig given wormwood oilhad convulsions, whereas, a guinea pig given alcohol just got drunk. Absinthe was found to be much more harmful than other spirits by the testing done by Magnan on the thujone content in it. He and others in the medical profession believed thujone to be a psychoactive element. This was the cause for which Absinthe was banned.
Due to similarities in the structures of a thujone molecule and THC from the drug cannabis they acted in a same manner.
People have now understood that all these claims are inaccurate and false. Thujone is not similar to THC though it acts on the GABA receptors of the brain, when taken in large amounts. According to the experiments done on Absinthe the thujone content in it is so small that it cannot harm anybody. To be effected with thujone one has to consume vast amounts of Absinthe!
Absinthe is a highly alcoholic drink and will get a person drunk quite quickly.
Details of Absinthe proof?
Let’s see what the proof of well-known brands of Absinthe is:-
Jade Nouvelle Orleans 68% abv (136 proof)
Jade Verte Suisse is available with 65% abv (130 proof)
Jade Edouard is available with 72% abv (144 proof)
There is 68% abv (136 proof) in Jade PF 1901
Roquette 1797 contains 75% abv (150 proof)
Doubs Mystique Carte D’Or 65% abv (130 proof)
One can find 53% abv in Kubler 53
La Fee Parisian contains 68% abv (136 proof)
La Fee Bohemian contains 70% abv (140 proof)
La Fee XS Absinthe Francaise 68% abv (136 proof)
The abv in La Fee XS Absinthe Suisse is 53% (106 proof)
Mari Mayans Collectors 70 is available with 70% abv (140 proof)
There is 68% abv (136 proof) in Pernod Absinthe
There is 60% abv (120 proof) in Pere Kermanns
Sebor 55% abv (110 proof)
La Clandestine Absinthe 53% abv (106 proof)
Lucid Absinthe 62% abv (124 proof)
If we compare that to other alcoholic beverages we can see that Absinthe is very strong:-
Everclear 95% abv (190 proof)
One can find 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof) in Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky
There is 9-12% alcohol by volume (18-24 proof) in Table Wine
The alcohol by volume in beer is 4 or 5% (8-10 proof)
38% abv (76 proof) is found in Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila
Absolut Blue Vodka 40% abv (80 proof)
If you make homemade Absintheusing essences from AbsintheKit.com then your homemade Absinthe’s proof will depend on what neutral alcohol you use.
Details of Absinthe proof? One cannot give the answer!